Arab world

The Christian population in nine Middle Eastern states is estimated at 14,526,000, down from 14,740,000 in 2010, according to a report published by a Vatican newspaper. The total population of Cyprus...
The Italian section of Vatican Radio on Friday, July 4, interviewed Patriarch Louis Raphaël I Sako, Chaldean Catholic patriarch of Babylon and head of the Chaldean Catholic Church, who spoke about...
It has been three challenging years since 6-7 August 2014, when the Christians of Nineveh Plain (NP) towns were unfairly forced to leave their own land, homes and properties. In remembering such...
Pope Francis, joining the US, the European Union and the United Kingdom, has recognized the crimes of ISIS against Christians and other minorities as genocide. That designation should make Iraq’s...
The Knights of Columbus are to raise and donate $2 million to help save Karemlash, a predominantly Christian town on Iraq’s Nineveh Plain that was invaded and ransacked by ISIS before being liberated...
Amid the instability and violence that have occurred in the region over the course of more than ten years, eight churches in Baghdad have closed their doors for good, according to a human rights...
Archbishop Amel Nona was the Chaldean Catholic Archbishop of Mosul when ISIS invaded the city in 2014 forcing the Christian communities to flee. The archbishop found shelter together with his flock...
“Those were the best moments of my life!” When the summer camp for the St. Francis of Aleppo parish ended, the children’s feedback was unanimous, [and] the camp was a success. Parents were also just...
‘Many of the children would spend the whole day roaming around the streets if they didn‘t come to us in school,’ says local priest Security concerns prompted the Vatican to cancel Pope Francis’ visit...
Thousands of displaced families in northern Iraq urgently in need of a roof over their heads have had their prayers answered – with help from benefactors of Aid to the Church in Need (UK). The...
Exactly four years ago, on July 29 2013, Jesuit priest Father Paolo Dall’Oglio was abducted in the rebel-held eastern city of Raqqa in Syria. Witnesses said Father Paolo was kidnapped while he was...
That the Middle East is the cradle of the worlds three monotheisms is a phrase one encounters in every high-school textbook or tourist brochure about the region. But this fact alone reveals little...
t's now or never for displaced Iraqi Christians Martin Banni had fled northern Iraq’s Nineveh Plains in 2014,, which had been seized by ISIS in a single night. Arriving in Kurdish northern Iraq, the...
More than 550 boys and girls from various parts of Iraq have fled to Alqosh, a town of the Nineveh Plain, to attend the "Youth Festival", organized under the patronage of the Patriarchate of Bablonia...
The Council of Eastern Catholic Patriarchs will meet before August 15 in Dimane, Lebanon, at the patriarchal summer home of the Maronite Patriarch, to focus on the complex situation of indigenous...
They came to Beirut from around the world, from Australia, South America, Europe and the United States. Some came from Africa, and some from nearby countries in the Middle East. They clapped and...
Cardinal Philippe Barbarin of Lyon accompanied the Chaldean Patriarch Raphael Sako on his first visit to Mosul, which has just been taken from ISIS. Its rotund form is as elegant as ever but nothing...
In November 2016, Pope Francis made the unusual move of elevating Archbishop Mario Zenari, papal nuncio in Syria, to the College of Cardinals. With this appointment, the Pope acknowledged and honored...
Three long years after being forced out of their towns and villages by extremist group Daesh (ISIS) – thousands upon thousands of Christians now have the long awaited chance to begin their return...
Between Syria and Iraq, while the Islamic State's military defeat is approaching, different and conflicting Kurdish entities seek international endorsement for their own independence cause, casting...